Swansea announce Steve Cooper as new manager on three-year deal

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Swansea City have announced Steve Cooper as their new first-team manager following the departure of Graham Potter.

Cooper comes in on a three-year-deal, leaving his post with the England Under-17 squad with whom he won the World Cup in 2017.

The 39-year-old Welshman will bring in former Liverpool and West Ham midfielder Mike Marsh as his assistant, with further backroom appointments to be named in the coming days.

Swansea have been searching for a new boss since Graham Potter left for Brighton in May, following the Seagulls’ sacking of Chris Hughton.

Before his job with England, Cooper cut his teeth working with the academies of Liverpool and Wrexham.

He moved up the international ranks with the Three Lions, beginning with the U16 set-up.

‘I’m really excited about the challenge ahead,’ Cooper said following his appointment.

‘This opportunity is something I’ve been working towards my whole life, certainly since I started coaching 22 years ago.

‘I have already done a huge amount of homework on the playing style, the squad and plans for pre-season. Now I just can’t wait to get started.”

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